I had a meeting with Steve Raccoon, the employer who called me while I was in Yellowknife and then I removed myself from his list of candidates. What? Why? Am I crazy?
The Raccoon job would begin as part time on single engine aircraft, progressing to full time with some single and some multi-engine flying. Steve shortlisted me because he knew I have ties to this community and he was looking for someone who wouldn't be leaving town in a hurry. While I would very much like to be flying both types of aircraft Raccoon operates, I said no. He suggested that I juggle the two jobs, because the work with him would start out slowly, and that he had previously had employees who did that. I talked to my current employer about the possibility and learned that those previous employees had caused scheduling problems. "Havoc" was the term used. I don't like to make commitments I can't keep, and holding both jobs would entail regularly bailing on commitments to the first job. I considered quitting my current job for Raccoon, but over the next six months, I expect to be doing both more multi-engine and more total flying with my current employer than would be happening with Raccoon. Twelve months from now I would expect to have more income and more multi-engine flying with Raccoon than with my current job, but twelve months from now I don't expect to have the current job, in any case. He wasn't asking for a fixed commitment, but I he clearly wants someone who would be there two years, and I would feel that I was betraying him if I did not give him that much time.
Last time I turned down a position in similar circumstances, I got a much better job immediately afterwards. Let it happen again.